AI4BHARAT

Launch at IIT Madras

“Nilekani Center at AI4Bharat” was officially launched on 28th July at IIT Madras. The launch was followed by the first workshops on Indian language technology under the AI4Bharat initiative of IIT Madras.

Our Mission

Bring parity with respect to English in AI technologies for Indian languages with open-source contributions in datasets, models, and applications and by enabling an innovation ecosystem
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Our Impact Axes

Data

Curate and create the largest public datasets and benchmarks across various tasks and 22 Indian languages.

AI Models

Build state-of-the-art, open, foundational AI models across tasks and 22 Indian languages.

Applications

Design and deploy with partners reference applications to demonstrate potential of open AI models.

Ecosystem

Enable researchers, startups, and govt. to innovate on Indian language AI tech with educational material and workshops.

Areas

Translation

Open-source datasets (Samanantar) and models (IndicTrans) for neural machine translation between English and 12 Indic languages.

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Transliteration

Open-source datasets and benchmarks (Aksharantar), models (IndicXlit), and applications for transliteration between Roman and scripts for 20+ Indic languages.

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Speech Recognition

Open-source models (IndicWav2Vec) for speech recognition in 9 Indian languages.

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Language Understanding

Open-source language models (IndicBERT), benchmarks (IndicGLUE), and entity recognizers (IndicNER) for 10 Indian languages.

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Language Generation

Open-source language generation model (IndicBART) and benchmarks (IndicNLG Suite) for 10 Indian languages.

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Sign Language

Open-source datasets (INCLUDE, SignCorpus) and models (OpenHands) for sign recognition for various 10 sign languages from around the world.

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Shoonya

Open-source workbench for AI-assisted language work on Indian languages with initial focus on translation.

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Chitralekha

Open-source tool for AI-assisted video subtitling and translating with a focus on educational and media content.

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Anuvaaad

Open-sourced tool for document-level translation with NMT and transliteration support.

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Our Sponsors

Nandan Nilekani

As the primary sponsor, Nandan Nilekani has generously contributed to the formation of the "Nilekani center at AI4Bharat" with a focus on open-source language tech as a public good.

Microsoft

Microsoft’s Research Lab and India Development Center (IDC) have supported us with unrestricted research grants and also by allocating time from researchers to contribute towards open-source technologies.

EkStep Foundation

We are also supported by EkStep Foundation with mentorship and software engineering to build and deploy open-source applications for Indian languages.

Our Team

Vivek Raghavan
Vivek Raghavan

Chief AI Evangelist, EkStep and Mentor, AI4Bharat

Mitesh Khapra
Mitesh Khapra

Associate Professor at CSE Department, IIT Madras

Pratyush Kumar
Pratyush Kumar

Researcher at Microsoft Research and Adjunct Faculty at IIT Madras

Anoop Kunchukuttan
Anoop Kunchukuttan

Researcher at Microsoft

Positions

AI4Bharat Residency

1 year
Remote

1-year program for recent graduates to work on cutting-edge research problems in NLP, Speech, and systems-engineering for AI.

AI4Bharat Internship

1 semester
Remote

1-semester program for current students to work on data and software engineering for language AI technologies

Language Contributor

Long-term
Remote

Long-term opportunities for experienced language translators and transcribers across Indian languages.

Software Developer

Long-term
In-person

Long-term opportunities for front-end and back-end developers looking to contribute to building open-source applications for language technologies.

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- Vikram Sarabhai